KAJANG: Police have arrested a man believed to be responsible for seven snatch thefts in the area this year.
Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Ahmad Dzaffir Mohd Yussof said the man, in his 30s, was arrested at his home in Sg Kantan here on Aug 4.
He said that the suspect has a previous criminal record for a drug-related crime.
"He tested positive for drugs and has been remanded for six days to help with investigations," he said.
ACP Ahmad Dzaffir said the man, who worked as a despatch clerk in Shah Alam, was relentless when it came to carrying out the crime.
"If he failed to grab a bag on his motorcycle, he would get down and chase his victims until he got what he wanted," he said.
It is also learnt that the suspect committed the crimes to feed his drug addiction.
ACP Ahmad Dzaffir said the victim is believed to have carried out all seven snatch thefts on his own.
In a separate case, police also arrested two teenagers who robbed a 24-hour convenience store on Jalan Anggerik Perdana at 3am on Saturday.
A patrol team intercepted the duo, aged 18 and 19, about an hour after the heist and found cigarettes worth about RM50 inside a sling bag carried by one of the suspects as well as RM30 in cash.
Police also seized their motorcycles, helmets and a stick used to threaten the shop's cashier.
"Both teenagers are unemployed and tested positive for drugs. One of them has a criminal record for possessing stolen goods," he said.
Both suspects have been remanded until Wednesday.
Police are investigating the case for gang and armed robbery.